Romford homecoming gig is a thank you from Si

PUBLISHED: 16:36 19 January 2012

Si Cranstoun

Si Cranstoun


Si Cranstoun was happy just busking with his brother Tyber in Romford Market as the popular duo The Dualers three years ago.

Si Cranstoun was happy just busking with his brother Tyber in Romford Market as the popular duo The Dualers three years ago.

Then he discovered a ­market for the music of Jackie Wilson and Nappy Brown, and it turned him into a solo star.

The past year has seen him headline some of major concerts and festivals throughout the UK and ­Europe, and he has created some classic dance singles like Dynamo, Lonesome Heart Bandit and 1950s Pin Up Girl.

He has been the major ­attraction at the south coast Rhythm Riot in the UK, at the Screamin’ Festival in Barcelona, and he did a tour of Germany which saw his face on the front pages of various national music magazines. But I’ll never forget the fans and friends I made when I played Romford Market,” said Si, who plays The West Lodge, in Corbets Tey Road, Upminster, on Thursday with his full band.

Doors open at 8pm, admission is £10

“The public in Havering have been so supportive over the years and people say we’re like the local celebrities now.

“I’ll never forget the first time I came out to sing in Romford. It blew me away that people would put money in my guitar case and buy my CD. I couldn’t believe people were paying me to do this ­because I would have done it for free. I was being paid to do my favourite hobby.

“I’m still thanking my lucky stars to this day and I want to give something back to the community with this Upminster gig.”

The Dualers recorded five albums, performed up and down the UK and have had singles at numbers 21 and 23 in the charts.


But Si started out singing the songs of Jackie Wilson in the High Street on his own, and wanted to revisit that time in his life.

His solo CD Alternative Floor Fillers has proved a huge hit in Europe and America with fans of the retro sound Si and his sax-propelled band provide.

Years of performing have made him a master showman, with spins, backflips and high speed dancing.

One dream that recently came true for The Dualers was selling out a show at the IndigO2, North Greenwich and with his solo success, Si could not be happier. We’ve sold out a 2,500-person venue and we’re thrilled, we were on a real high.”

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